Andy and Don: The Making of a Friendship and a Classic American TV Show

Andy and Don: The Making of a Friendship and a Classic American TV Show Author Daniel de Visé
ISBN-10 1476747741
ISBN-13 9781476747743
Year 2016-06-07
Pages 320
Language English
Publisher Simon & Schuster
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A lively and revealing biography of Andy Griffith and Don Knotts this humorous informative and poignant book celebrates the powerful real life friendship behind one of Americas most iconic television programs and shows how the magic was created Library Journal Andy Griffith and Don Knotts first met on Broadway in the 1950s When Andy moved to Hollywood to film a TV pilot for a comedy about a small town sheriff Don called to ask if Andys sheriff could use a deputy The friendship and comedy partnership between Sheriff Andy Taylor and Deputy Barney Fife ignited The Andy Griffith Show elevating the folksy television sitcom into a timeless study of human friendship Together they created a program with a uniquely small town dynamic that captured the hearts of Americans across the country who watched these two men rocking on the front porch meditating about the pleasure of a bottle of pop But behind this sleepy charm de Viss exclusive reporting captures the complexity of both men and the intimacy of their friendship with extreme detail and sensitivity Publishers Weekly from unspoken rivalries passionate affairs unrequited loves struggles with the temptations of fame and friendships lost and regained Although Andy and Don ended their Mayberry partnership in 1965 they remained best friends for the next half century Written by Don Knottss brother in law Andy and Don is a rewarding dual biography that is also a lively look inside the entertainment industry in the latter half of the twentieth century News Observer Entertaining and provocative it captures a golden moment in modern Americana Youll not only return again to Mayberry youll feel as though youve never left Tom Shales Pulitzer Prizewinning television critic

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